The September 12 fire at a mini apartment building has claimed a total of 56 lives to date.

All State agencies located in the city will observe a moment of silence at 8 o’clock on September 18 in commemoration of dead victims.

The midnight fire that broke out at around 23:00 on September 12 at a mini apartment building in Thanh Xuan District killed a total of 56 people and injured 37 others.

The police detained 44-year-old Nghiem Quang Minh, the owner of the building, for questioning over violations of fire prevention rules.

The municipal administration and local agencies provided material assistance to families of the bereaved and the injured.

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong sent condolences to the bereaved families and asked Hanoi to draw lessons from the disaster.

Currently 36 injured people are receiving treatment and extensive care at five hospitals. Among them, six are in critical condition.

Party leader extends condolences to families of Hanoi apartment fire victims

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on September 14 extended his deepest condolences to families of the victims of the recent tragic fire which burned a mini apartment building in Hanoi one day earlier.

He also expressed great appreciation for rescue forces and local residents for their efforts in extinguishing the fire and lending a helping hand to those impacted by the deadly disaster.

The Party General Secretary requested that relevant ministries and agencies immediately implement measures to deal with consequences of the blaze, and support the bereaved families both materially and spiritually.

He ordered authorities to promptly investigate the case and take actions against those responsible for the accident.

He also requested strengthening and raising public awareness about fire prevention throughout the country.